Below, you'll find a collection of common questions that we've received in the past. New questions and answers will be added periodically. If you don't find what you're looking for, please feel free to /contact/.
Q: I’m a photographer, how do I get my work showcased on PhotoPolitic?
A: Inclusion in the PhotoPolitic photographer network is by invitation only or in some cases by a member recommendation. We do accept submissions (using the form below) but very few unsolicited submissions are accepted.
Q: How many referrals to my website will I see from PhotoPolitic?
Not that many. In general, creatives don't have a lot of time to look for new work, they're being pulled in many directions and the last thing they want to do is go to multiple photographer's websites. They use PhotoPolitic to view and save top photographer's work and then get in touch with those that they're interested in working with. What you can expect is that you'll be getting relevant eyes on your work and as you know this is by far the most important thing you can do as a photographer.
Q: I’m a digital artist (retoucher or CGI artist), how do I get my work showcased on PhotoPolitic?
A: The crew page is 100% free and is used as a resource for our photographers. Contact us if you fit into one of the pre-defined categories or if you think there's something we need to add.
Q: I’m not a photographer, but I work with photographers. Can I showcase my services on PhotoPolitic?
A: This is also an invitation only or member recommendation scenario but again, please do submit your interest if you feel like this is something that would benefit you. Please include a LinkedIn profile and any relevant details of who you've worked with and why you think you'd be a good fit for our directory. We're currently looking for the following: Agents, Assistants, Digital Techs, Location Scouts & Managers, Producers, Studios for Hire, and Stylists (Props, Food, Wardrobe, Hair & Make-Up).
Q: What exactly do I get with a membership?
A: You will be included in a directory of what is truly some of the best photographers in the world. All of our members are carefully selected and then aggressively marketed to our advertising and editorial contacts through in-person agency visits, email marketing, and online advertising. You will also be eligible for up to a 30% discount on most à la carte services that PhotoPolitic offers.
Q: Are there any conflicts of interest in what you do and what my agent does?
A: Not at all. In fact, what we do will simply enhance what your agent is doing for you. Inevitably any contacts that come through PhotoPolitic will most likely be going back to your agent.
Q: Does PhotoPolitic ask for a commission on jobs that may come through the platform?
A: Since we're not your agent and aren't negotiating your projects for you, PhotoPolitic doesn't take a commission. If you have a project that you'd like us to act on your behalf, then we can discuss a commission that would work for both parties.
Q: Who is your audience and how do you market PhotoPolitic to them?
A: Our audience is made up primarily of agency art buyers/producers, agency art/creative directors and publishers. We promote our members through in-person agency visits, email campaigns and various targeted online campaigns.
Q: How many members do you currently have on your roster?
A: We currently have just over 250 members (not all published).
Q: How many members do you anticipate having in a few years?
A: Our goal is to have approximately 25 members per category in each major market. It wouldn't serve anyone well if it were just a free-for-all with thousands of members — this would kill our credibility and would make for a poor user experience on the website.
Q: The quality of work on your roster looks great now but will it remain that way in a few years?
A: With the majority of our income coming from our production services, we're not pressured into signing up new members to keep the lights on. We sign up amazing new members who meet our standards of quality. Again, it's not a numbers game, it's a all about The Work.
Q: How much does it cost to renew my membership?
A: There is always the possibility that our prices will go up for new members in the future. However, we do guarantee that your renewal rate will match the rate you signed up with.
Q: What happens when my membership expires?
A: Your profile will be deactivated for 30 days. All of your content will be deleted after 30 days.
Q: Will the images submitted be used for any other purpose?
A: PhotoPolitic will only use YOUR images to promote YOU and they will always be credited with a link back to your profile. In the event that we would like to use your image to promote PhotoPolitic as a whole, you will always be asked for permission beforehand.
Q: Who can I talk to if I have more questions?
A: If you're interested in working with PhotoPolitic, please contact us and let us know what you're up to and what creative and/or production challenges you need help with.